and calm seas
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
We were very fortunate to have moved off of Grand Cayman about 2 months before hurricane Ivan hit as a category 5 storm. Ivan's eye passed approximately 18 miles to the south. Nine years later there are still many properties bearing the damage of the wind and waves, many vacant lots with nice tile floors (even whole complexes), and many conversations are overheard mentioning Ivan as the time when everything changed- "He's been working there since Ivan knocked down the old building."
On the upside, Ivan has created some bargain real estate opportunities,
so long as you don't mind some fixing up.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Our first day back on Grand Cayman started with a couple of dives on the gorgeous swiss cheesy reefs of the East End.
Afterwards, we drove all the way to the tip of West Bay to visit our old beach in front of our former apartment.
On the way back we stopped at the Cayman Turtle Farm to see what they've done with the place.
We saw big breeding-sized turtles,
little several-month-old turtles,
and even a tiny baby turtle in an incubator that has hatched from it's shell, but hasn't yet made the climb to the surface with it's siblings!
On the way back we, wait!...what the...!
Never say never, right?
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Between courses they performed bellydance routines for the patrons
and eventually this happened.
After everyone was blown away by their performances, they started doing what they do best.
and at some point we ate food or something.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
After weeks of delays and set backs, we finally got to smooth over details before making the descent for the deepest dive yet on St Croix.
For about 4 more minutes he swam nearly straight down until he reached 554ft. He says the nearly vertical edge of the island bottomed out at about 500 and he had to swim out and over another ledge to reach his planned depth. I lost visual contact for about 8 minutes before I could see his light shining up from below me. We joined up and started switching through our different gases while doing decompression stops
until we were joined by the shallower support divers bearing extra tanks of deco gases in case we needed them.
As soon as all the decompression stops were done (about 2 hours worth), 3 dolphins showed up and swam around as if to congratulate us. I imagine it takes a lot to impress a dolphin,
and as far as I'm concerned, we did.